Bear Hunting Licence
Issuance of bear hunting licences to residents of NB and non-residents.
Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must be a resident as defined in the Fish and Wildlife Act and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence.
Non-Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must show proof of identity and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence. May purchase a licence in any Wildlife Management Zone in which the annual quota has not been depleted for that year.
Hunter Education Requirements:
• Resident and Non-Resident Hunters born on or after January 1, 1981 and all first-time hunters must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Course (gun hunters) or a stand-alone Bowhunter Education course (bow/crossbow hunters).
• Hunters born previous to 1981 may present a previous hunting licence as proof of hunting experience.
• Conservation Education certificates from other provinces, territories and states are valid in New Brunswick.
• 16- and 17-year-old hunters who wish to purchase a Resident or Non-Resident Deer and Game Bird Licence must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education course or a stand-alone Bowhunter Education course.
• While hunting, they must be accompanied by an adult holder of a valid Deer or Bear Licence.
Bear hunting licences provide hunting opportunities while managing bear populations. The bag limit is one black bear per licence (maximum 2 licences). Upon harvesting and registering a black bear, a person may purchase a second Black Bear Licence. Licences are valid for hunting during the spring and fall black bear hunting seasons in a calendar year.
Resident Black Bear Licences are valid for all Wildlife Management Zones open for black bear hunting.
Non-Resident Black Bear Licences are valid only for the Wildlife Management Zone specified on the licence.
Non-Resident hunters may acquire Black Bear Licences in either of the following two methods:
(a) Through a designated, licensed outfitter or guide who has received an allocation of Non-resident Black Bear Licences.
(b) By entering and being successful in the computerized random access draw. Application information and procedures are available from Service New Brunswick and Energy and Resource Development offices or on the Internet (see "Forms and Packages Links" below).
In the case of a non-resident, the purchase of a second license will depend on availability directly from an outfitter or guide with an allocation of non-resident licenses or from Energy and Resource Development.
Non-residents, before entering the draw, please read important details found in the "Non-Resident Bear fact sheet" found under the "Forms and Packages" section on this page.
Contact your nearest Energy and Resource Development office or click on the link under the "Related Links" menu on this page for a list of guides.
UNCLAIMED LICENCES - Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You must pay for your licence(s) when you call.
You will need:
- Each hunter's name
- Mailing address
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
A licence validation sticker(s) will be mailed to the purchaser, ERD District Office, or outfitter/guide.
Non-Resident Draw application period Tentative dates: January 23 to February 28, 2017
Results available: March 6 to March 24, 2017
Purchase your license: Before March 24, 2017
Unclaimed licenses: Available April 3, 2017
Changes To Fees
This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).
|Fee Description||Rate in $||Effective Date|
|Resident Bear Licences + $5 conservation fee||37.00||2010-01-01|
|Bear Licence (Seniors 65+) + $5 conservation fee||18.00||2010-01-01|
|Non Resident Bear Draw - Application Fee||26.25||2012-01-01|
|Non Resident Bear Licences + $20 conservation fee||143.00||2010-01-01|
|Non-Resident Guide Exemption Permit||150.00||2012-01-01|
|Replacement Licences Bear||5.25||2012-01-01|
|DNR Regional and District offices|